Blue Cactus Press Newsletter

Tacoma Arts Month is in full swing this October, and we're excited to share a bit of news about our upcoming events, podcast episodes, and of course, Kellie Richardson's book launch, which is happening *this Thursday* at Dystopian State Brewing Co. in Tacoma! Read below for details about all the above. 

Upcoming Events


Oct 17: "The Art of Naming My Pain" Book Launch

Join us for the official book launch of Kellie Richardson’s sophomore poetry collection, The Art of Naming My Pain. Richardson will read from her new collection, which includes poetry, art and essays, and exhibit artwork included in the book. There'll be light refreshments, art, and a live DJ. And just in case you're wondering, this is a free event, held at Dystopian State Brewing Co., on Thursday, October 17, at 6:30 PM. You can pick up a copy of the book at the event, order it online here, or pick up a copy at King’s Books.

(Book Launch: The Art of Naming My Pain, 6:30 pm, Thursday, Oct 17, Dystopian State Brewing Co, 611 S Baker St, Tacoma, FREE)


Nov 4: Free Range Poetry PDX ft. Christina Butcher, Jonathan Merritt & Armin Tolentino

Free Range Poetry PDX invite you to join poet and publisher Christina Butcher and portland-based poets Jonathan Merritt and Armin Tolentino for a night of poetry at Northwest Library, in Portland, Oregon.The reading is a part of the Free Range Poetry reading series, which meets monthly on the first Monday of every month. After the reading, join poets and organizers for a casual get together at McMenamin’s bar, across the street from the Northwest Library. 

(Free Range Poetry PDX poetry reading with Christina Butcher, 6 pm, Monday, Nov 4, Northwest Library, corner of NW 23rd Avenue and NW Thurman St, Portland, FREE)

The Prickly Pear Podcast 

Upcoming Episode: Going Sideways with Lucien Vedego

A few weeks ago we sat down with multi-disciplinary artist Lucien Vedego to chat about art, hibernation and authenticity. It was a delightfully sideways conversation, and we can't wait to share it with you on the Prickly Pear Podcast before the month is over! Be on the lookout for a link to the episode in the next few weeks :)

News & Notes

We Restocked Our Books at Local Bookstores

Since our last newsletter, we restocked our books at independent bookstores in Olympia, Tacoma and Seattle, and convinced a few booksellers from other indie bookshops to carry them, too! Here's where you can find our books: 


Browser's Bookshop
Orca Books

King's Books



What Buying Our Books Means for the Local Economy

A lot of folks don't know how impactful buying a book written, published and distributed right here in the Pacific Northwest can be for the local economy, so we thought we'd take a quick second to explain it. By placing your order with a teeny tiny press like Blue Cactus Press, you're helping to ensure *everyone* in the production and sales chain gets compensated for their artistry and expertise. This includes the author, cover artist, editor, designer, printer, independent bookstore and publisher. Buying local ensures your hard-earned money goes right back into your community. Purchasing one book - just one - actively helps small businesses thrive. So, thank you, truly, for supporting us. 

A Long-winded Thank You from the Publisher

Death to the short answer! Especially when I want to say thank you to all the readers, friends and family members, and community members who joined us last month for Michael Haeflinger's book launch at King's Books. Thank you! We had over 60 people attend the event in celebration of Haeflinger and his slick, new poetry book, Low Static Rage. I was blown away by the support you all demonstrated, and by the support from others who couldn't be there in person. To every one who cheered Mike on, kept him sane while editing/writing/compiling, shared our news about the book on social media, or cheered us on from across the country: thank you so very, very much. Blue Cactus Press and the authors who're a part of our family wouldn't be here if it weren't for your continued support. Much love from Tacoma. - Christina 

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